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School Performance Grades: Four Options
Option
Description
Growth
1
Letter of the law
No
2
Letter of the law
3
Letter of the law
Yes, additional 10 points for exceeding,
additional 5 points for meeting, 0 points
for not meeting
Yes, growth counted as ½ the grade
4
Standard scores based on state
mean using a standard deviation
(does not include growth
No, but growth could be indicated in
addition to the letter grade, meaning, “A
Exceeded Growth”
Following are notes on the data provided for each option listed above. Please note the comparison
across the four options of top, middle, and bottom schools were selected based on the criteria cited in
the “Business Rules for Determining Top/Middle/Bottom School for Performance Grades Discussion”
The notes for each option are presented separately for elementary/middle and high school.
Elementary/Middle Schools
Option 1
1. The resulting letter grades for the top, middle, and bottom schools are as expected;
meaning, the schools in the three ranges remain stable when compared to the old model.
2. Given # 1, the model is not really new.
Option 2
1. Redistributes the middle schools, bumping ½ (10 of the 20) into the Bs
2. Pulls up some of the typical bottom schools into the Ds (4) and Cs (2)
Option 3
1. Really hurts the top schools: moves 11 of the 20 from As to Bs
2. Really helps the bottom schools: moves 13 to grades higher than F (one school has a B)
3. Redistributes the middle unpredictably into some Bs and Ds
Option 4
1. Makes As and Fs the exception while keeping the middle schools where you would expect
them to be
2. Does provide different results from the old accountability model and from the letter of the
law
High School
Option 1
1. ACT very negatively impacts the distribution with 61.9 schools being a D or an F
Option 2
1. Provides a letter bump for most schools as long as they are close to the top of the grade
range and making meeting growth.
Option 3
1. Generally, does not hurt top schools at all
2. Really helps the bottom schools: moves 7 to grades higher than F (one school has a B)
3. Redistributes the middle unpredictably into some As and Fs
Option 4
1. Makes As and Fs the exception while keeping the middle schools where you would expect
them to be
2. Does provide different results from the old accountability model and from the letter of the
law
3. This model will not be impacted by the anticipated drop in performance grades as the
distribution will be against the state mean for 2012-13. The mean will be maintained for 3
years, so schools will be able to show improvement.